Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Nov 2015 23:56 UTC

Google is reportedly taking a page out of Apple's playbook and expressing interest in co-developing Android chips based on its own designs, according to a report today from The Information. Similar to how the iPhone carries a Ax chip designed by Apple but manufactured by companies like Samsung, Google wants to bring its own expertise and consistency to the Android ecosystem. To do that, it would need to convince a company like Qualcomm, which produces some of the top Android smartphone chips today using its own technology, to sacrifice some of its competitive edge. Google did not respond to a request for comment.

Within a few years, Google will be competing head-to-head with Apple, with its own line of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and maybe even desktops, all running Android.

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In negotiations with chipmakers, Efrati wrote that Google in particular wants more sophisticated camera processing, enabling features such as faster photo capture and the ability to constantly record the environment, sending images and video to Google for cloud-based analysis.

Huh. And here I fully expected that the iFanboy party-line reaction would be something along the lines of "lol Apple alreddy maeks custom chipz so Google is a coppier lololololol". The tinfoil hat angle didn't even occur to me! Careful, though, the Open Sores kooks probably won't be very happy having their shtick ripped-off.

Why? Because you are the product.

Ah yes, the Apple fanboy equivalent of creationists repeating "it's just a theory" over and over again.

sorry, but this is most certainly a compelling reason NOT to buy any device with this capability.

Uh-huh, because simplistic paranoia is ALWAYS a good criteria on which to base purchasing decisions. And while you're at it, make sure you never vaccinate anything! Ya know, because of the astrological effects of quantum chemtrails.

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IMHO, your assertions only hold true if the original journalist is an Apple Fanboi.

If the quote I used is true then what?
Do you want Google to tell the NSA 'This guy seems to be associating with some undesirable "Ragheads"'?

I really hope that it does not come true.
As someone who spends a good proportion of my working time in the Middle East working on projects that the likes of the NSA know all about (because the country they are located in is regarded as an ally to the west), I'd hate to be branded like that. Even if it were untrue 'Mud Sticks' etc.

If this does come true then I forsee many companies placing blanket bans on all personal cell phones inside their properties. The chance for industrial espionage is just too high.

Just to be clear, I hate all forms of snooping no matter who does it.

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